Brenntag kicks off 150th anniversary celebrations

German personal care ingredient distributor Brenntag has kicked off celebrations for its 150th anniversary in 2024.

Throughout the anniversary year, Brenntag will celebrate its history with employees, business partners and all other stakeholders.

The highlight of the celebrations will take place in October, around the actual founding date, with worldwide employee events, a customer and supplier day and with an official ceremony at its Essen headquarters.

Founded by Philipp Mühsam in Berlin, Germany, in 1874 as an egg wholesale enterprise, the company expanded to London just three years later, at the time the world’s trading hub.

In 1912, the company began trading chemicals, and in 1937 it was named Brennstoff-, Chemikalien- und Transport-Aktiengesellschaft, which was then abbreviated to Brenntag.

In the 1940s, headquarters moved to Mülheim an der Ruhr, where the company’s head office was located until 2017.

Under various ownership structures, Brenntag grew both organically and through acquisitions, expanding its portfolio, size, and global reach over time.

Brenntag now operates about 600 sites in over 70 countries and with its more than 17,500 employees services thousands of customers with a range of industrial and speciality chemicals, products and value-added services.

The company has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2010 and on the DAX since 2021.

“Looking back on such a long history is a chance to reflect on the people, decisions and challenges that have shaped our company and brought us to where we are today,” said CEO Christian Kohlpaintner.

“With curiosity, a great deal of pioneering spirit, and keeping focus in times of change, we at Brenntag have always been successful to adapt to new circumstances,” he added.

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